Sewing and textiles with Ann
I’ve probably got very similar pattern pieces elsewhere, but there is not harm in a bit of extra inspiration and a new pattern!
I’ve mainly been working on my raincoat this weekend – yet to be blogged, as its still not finished, but I managed to slip both these garments in between raincoat sewing. (Find out about the raincoat progress by following me on Twitter @amowby.)
I made the top and skirt on the overlocker, including attaching the skirt elastic and it took – well, not long! The pattern says to ‘set in’ the sleeves, but I stitched round the armhole on the overlocker, and then stitched the sleeve and side seams in one, as jersey takes well to that method. Then I twin needled all of the raw edges, including the skirt hem. Done!
But this outfit is about the fabric. It’s lovely, which no doubt helped the speedy stitching. It’s Liberty, purchased as a packaged remnant from Sewbox at the WI Centennial Fair in Harrogate last weekend. I took the pattern, which only came last week, ‘just in case’, although I think I was thinking ‘cheap’ fabric at the time; not reduced price expensive fabric. I bought 2m, which was definitely enough for a long sleeved dress, but I had to squeeze the sleeve out in order to get a long sleeved top and skirt.
Jersey can be tricky to line up to find the straight grain, but luckily the patterns on this helped a lot.
There is a belt with the pattern, but I did nit have sufficient fabric, and anyway, it looks ok without the belt, and I have plenty of belts already. Watch this space for the ‘matching’ cardie from the pack……. Matching, as in, it will be plain, but pick out one of the colours.